Chew - A Fine Accoutrement

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:3 Release Date:2017-12-08
Chew - A Fine Accoutrement
Chew - A Fine Accoutrement

I’m afraid nothing’s going right with this one. Atlanta’s Chew comes up with their second EP, A Fine Accoutrement, billed as “a fresh flavor of psych for the masses” and as “a band infuses samplers and analog synth slathered with live instrumentation to dish up a spaced out glimpse into the future”.

Wow! As they would say in some parts of Europe, ‘Exactly, but nothing like it’. Now, I must say that the three people in the band, a girl and two guys look like very nice people, but then, that is not the reason to let them by easily. First of all, I’ve no idea who wrote their press material, but that person and I have a very different concept about what psychedelic music or if it gives a glimpse into the future. Maybe that person knows more about the intake of some legit or illicit substances by the band members, but the music on this EP has nothing to do with the psychedelic. Maybe they were thinking about the musical genre that followed psychedelia in the late Sixties and early Seventies, but that is progressive rock.

Now progressive came up with some great music, but also some terrible excess that brought meandering, pretentious music that basically made no sense except to show off the instrumental prowess of the musicians themselves. This allowed the listeners (live or at home) to thus drop their hair down and shadow play along. Granted, progressive rock is having something of a resurrection these days, again with some music worth the attention of any modern music listener. Unfortunately, Chew falls into the second category, the one that brought a bad name to progressive proponents up to this day. Sure, the trio can really play! They know their instruments inside out, and they can set out a pace some other musicians can hardly follow. But then comes a question: so what? Basically, what’s the point? Because of the six tracks, none have a head or tail, you don’t hear a musical purpose except letting the listeners know that the band can really play.

A lot of accouterment, accessories and (musical) weapons around, they might be fine by themselves, but unfortunately, they don’t come up with fine results. These musical weapons are shooting blanks, making this EP very hard to, ehm, chew. But the band can certainly play their instruments…

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